Sporting Digest: Cycling

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Peter Longbottom, whose international career started with the World Junior Championships in 1977 and ended at the Commonwealth Games in Canada in 1994, has been killed in a road accident while out riding near York. Longbottom, who lived at Malton, North Yorkshire, was 38.

The Russian Viatcheslav Ekimov, a former world and Olympic champion, and his US Postal-sponsored team are the latest signings for the new British race, the nine-day Prutour, which starts on 23 May.